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April 9, 2018

Robin Roberts, ‘Wheel of Fortune,’ ‘JEOPARDY! and Elvis Duran Honored on Day One of NAB Show

-- President of Hearst Television and Chairman of Lionsgate Television Discussed State of Television Industry --

-- Creative Master Series Featured Filmmakers From 'Black Panther,' 'Marvel's Jessica Jones' and 'Ready Player One' --

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith opened the 2018 NAB Show today in Las Vegas with his annual State of the Broadcast Industry Address, and a broad range of industry professionals led sessions focusing on the latest advances in filmmaking, television production and content creation. This year’s NAB Show runs through Thursday, April 12.

In his address, Smith spoke about the importance of broadcasting and its vital role in the future – specifically regarding autonomous vehicles, the rollout of Next Gen TV, and innovations in radio. Following Smith, Kevin Beggs, chairman of Lionsgate TV, joined Hearst Television President Jordan Wertlieb for a discussion about the current state of the television industry.

Broadcast legend Robin Roberts received the Distinguished Service Award at the conclusion of the NAB Show Opening. Later in the day, "Wheel of Fortune" and "JEOPARDY!" were inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame at the new Achievement in Broadcasting Dinner. Pat Sajak, Vanna White, Alex Trebek and Harry Friedman, executive producer of both shows, were all present to receive the award.

In “Janusz Kaminski: Three Decades of Image Making,” the multiple-Oscar-winning cinematographer sat with David Geffner, executive editor of “ICG Magazine,” and discussed many of his award-winning works. Examples included his historical collaboration with director Steven Spielberg on “Saving Private Ryan,” how he builds his shots, and working in virtual production for the first time on “Ready Player One.” The session was produced in collaboration with the International Cinematographers Guild Local 600.

“’Black Panther’: Telling a Superhero Story Like No Other” featured editor Michael P. Shawver, Steve Boeddeker, sound designer/supervisor and re-recording mixer, and visual effects supervisor Geoffrey Baumann, discussing how editorial, sound, and visual effects departments created one of the year’s biggest hits.

During “’Marvel’s Jessica Jones’: The Art of Darkness,”* series creator, showrunner, and executive producer Melissa Rosenberg, Manuel Billeter, director of photography, and Tony D’Amore, senior colorist, joined Alicia Lutes to explore how they brought the series to life – discussing high-contrast lighting and their work in High Dynamic Range (HDR).

Livestreamed sessions can be viewed on the home page of Select clips from today’s sessions can be viewed here and will be added on a continuous basis.

*Please note the above was not a Marvel or Netflix affiliated event.

NAB Show news media registration is available here.

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